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The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down by Howard Mansfield

I’ve written about a number of Howard Mansfield’s books over the years here at bookconscious. Today on the bus back and forth to Boston I finished his latest,  574 more words

Anything voluntary

Mike Munger at the American Institute for Economic Research published a thought-provoking article last week. He says we too often discuss the world as if we have only a binary choice of (a) for-profit free markets or (b) government. 1,003 more words


Why is everyone a relativist nowadays? - The answer from Allan Bloom's classic

Everybody knows that the best thing to be in life is non-judgemental. Only bigots and reactionaries believe in morality and care for bygone things. Pleasant and social people accept that everyone has their own opinions and that nobody’s set of opinions ought to be believed inferior to anyone else’s. 2,552 more words


Freedom of the Press and Democracy: From Spielberg's The Post to Tocquille and Back

It is anything but a secret that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is not a huge fan of the news media: If someone counted the number of times the term “fake news” has been used since he became the presidential candidate for the Republican Party, he or she would be busy for quite a while. 990 more words


Identitá e democrazia!

Gli esseri umani hanno in qualche maniera la necessità di dare un senso alla realtà che li circonda. Questo è forse uno dei tratti che ci differenzia dal resto del mondo animale. 3,173 more words


Tocqueville and Descartes

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Book Two, Chapter One

America is therefore one of the countries in the world where philosophy is least studied, and where the precepts of Descartes are best applied. 531 more words

Russia and America, Tocqueville

Russia and America

There are, at the present time, two great nations in the world which seem to tend towards the same end, although they started from different points: I allude to the Russians and the Americans. 246 more words